ROANOKE RAPIDS — Randy Parton took center stage Thursday night, surrounded by a steel, new-age platform, strobe lights, a smoke machine, high-tech screens and his well-oiled Moonlight Bandits band. And there was a spotlight, too, appropriate for a man at the center of a development project designed to spur vitality in a town and region devastated by mill shop closures.
A Franklinton man has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for drug trafficking and firearm possession. Derrick Jomell Perry, 33, of 1755 W. River Road, Franklinton, was sentenced in Greenville to serve 230 months, or 19 years and 2 months, on July 20 following his January drug charge conviction.
It’s plenty hot outside, but Christmas came early this year for Deryl and Tim Garrity. The Wake Forest residents won $200,000 on Wednesday after buying a winning Powerball lottery ticket.
KILL DEVIL HILLS - Margaret Huggin Johnson, 90, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at Britthaven of Outer Banks. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, July 28) at Louisburg United Methodist Church.
BUNN - Vernon Cevie Smith Jr., 59, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 26, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - William M. “Bill” Brown, 79, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, July 28) at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church, 4525 Hopkins Chapel Road, Zebulon. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
ZEBULON - Willis W. Boykin, 57, of Zebulon died Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at Duke University Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 27, at Joyner’s Funeral Home, with the Rev. Reuben Cason officiating. Burial followed in Bailey Town Cemetery.
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Funeral services for Michael Lee Gupton, 55, formerly of Louisburg, who died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Thelma L. Massenburg, 47, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home Inc.
LOUISBURG - Eugene Tracy “Chick” Williams, 87, died Friday, July 27, 2007 in Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29, in the chapel of Lancaster Funerals and Cremations, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery with military rites.
Andrew Duke of Louisburg was one of 48 children selected to attend Red Hat High Summer Camp. Duke, 14, was the only youth selected from Franklin County to attend the week-long summer camp for rising eighth- and ninth-graders that teaches students how to use animation software.
A Louisburg teenager is recovering at Duke Hospital after being shot in the chest by a 16-gauge shotgun around 5:30 on July 20. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Elliott Pinnell said the 15-year-old was a victim of an “accidental firearm discharge.”
Franklin Regional Medical Center has initiated a medical response team designed to address medical needs before they become critical. The hospital set up a Rapid Response Team at the beginning of the month. The program allows any and all hospital staff to notify the team of a non-intensive care patient’s condition if they feel or think the patient is heading toward a more serious medical emergency.
Franklin County commissioners gave staff permission Monday night to take the final part of a $30-million school bond to the bond market. Voters approved spending $30 million in general obligation bonds for school renovations and additions in 2004.
Crosscreek Charter School in Louisburg is combining its two locations into a single facility. Originally, kindergarten through grade five was taught at 306 Sandlewood Drive and grades six through eight were held just off of US Hwy. 401 on Fox Park Road.
GREENSBORO — Bunn’s Mike Montgomery made his former head coach David Howle proud last week. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder represented the Wildcats at the 59th N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game and he helped the East squad to a 22-14 upset victory. The win broke a five-game losing streak to the West -- something Montgomery was very proud to be a part of.
GREENVILLE -- The East Carolina University Board of Trustees approved a three-year contract extension and a $10,000 annual raise for Billy Godwin, head coach of the ECU baseball team. The contract modification extends Godwin’s contract until June 30, 2011, and increases his salary to $102,500 per year.
BUNN -- Even though she graduated in December and didn’t get to play for Bunn High this spring, Missy Tomberlin never lost the itch to shine on the softball field.
Tomberlin continued to be a part of the Team TFS travel team, and her performance during a summer tournament in Florence, S.C., caught the attention of Louisburg College head coach Don Gines.
Ever since I was a little boy, I have loved going to professional baseball games.
Thankfully, I grew up just outside of Cincinnati, so this was always an available option.
In my toddler years, we would sit in the bleachers at Crosley Field. During Bat Day promotions, I would pound my bat on the concrete during rallies -- just like all of the other kids.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- High School football practice begins Monday in Franklin County as Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn are looking for big seasons. The first-day practice times for the three teams are as follows:
The state Division of Facility Services has denied Franklin Regional Medical Center’s request to relocate to Youngsville.
There was magic in the air Friday night at the Coffee Hound Bookshop on Nash Street in Louisburg.
The seventh and final installment in J.K. Rowling’s enormously popular Harry Potter fantasy series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was released at midnight, with the line of customers stretching to the door at the Coffee Hound.
A Franklinton teenager was arrested Thursday after firing two shots into a vehicle with four other teens.
Louis Yarborough Jr., 17, of 14 Gentlewinds Drive, allegedly fired two shots from a 12-gauge shotgun at a Ford Explorer being driven by Joseph Dubois, 19, and carrying Joseph Fogg, 18 and two other teens, ages 15 and 14.
Proponents of a litter reduction bill plan to recycle the legislation next year after loud, powerful opponents stalled it this session.
Rather than put the bill to a vote last week — which supporters said would have failed — Sen. Doug Berger plans to bring it back in the short session next year.
FRANKLINTON — A global biotechnology leader is making a difference in its Franklin County home.
Novozymes has donated huge amounts of money and time through the years to help better the community it is a part of.